Wellness & Lifestyle

4 Healthy Habits for Your Best Autumn Ever!

October 19, 2017 • By

Yoga Outside - Northern Yogi

Autumn has officially landed here in the UK and it’s time to embrace this beautiful season. I have to admit autumn has never really been my favourite season, I’m a spring baby and attribute this to my love for the spring/ summer months.  year, however, I’m making a conscious effect to appreciate the season.

Here I’ve pulled together my top 4 ways to have your healthiest, happiest autumn ever. So grab a blanket, grab a chai and indulge yourself for a few moments.

  1. Get Outside!

Yes it’s getting chilly but being outside at this time of year can be magical. Wrap up warm, grab your comfy shoes and go on an adventure, even if it’s only to your local park! Autumn can be a truly beautiful season, the skies are blue, the air is crisp and fresh, the leaves are turning the most beautiful of colours. Just being outside is proven to reduce your overall stress levels so make Sunday strolls a part of your schedule!

 

Vegan Pie - Northern Yogi

  1. Eat Right

There can be a desire at this time of year to over indulge. As humans we are designed to eat more at this time of year, something to do with us hibernating during the winter months when we were cave people, but it’s important we are eating the right foods. This time of year calls for warming foods, think fresh, hearty stews, organic, vegan pies and thick, warming soups. Try and eat as in season as possible (research what is in season in your area). Drink spice herbal teas, like chai, instead of caffeine as the spicy teas will warm and hydrate, unlike coffee.

Yoga Body - Northern Yogi

 

  1. Move Your Body!

Admittedly this point is kind of going against what nature wants us to do at this time of year but it’s totally worth it. What better way to create some heat in the colder months then to roll out your yoga mat and get the internal fires burning (agni). If you want to look your best come spring then you have to put the work in now, so get stretching, running, jumping, swimming, whatever your sport of choice, prioritise it through autumn.

 

  1. Get More Sleep

Our natural body clock wants the body to sleep when the sun goes down and wake as the sun is rising. It todays worlds it’s not always possible to rise with the sun, we have jobs for goodness sake! But, that does not mean we should be getting less sleep. Aim to turn off your digital devises 1 hour before bedtime, that bright blue light they emit will keep you awake for longer so the earlier you switch off the earlier you’ll shut down. Aim to get to sleep 1 hour earlier in the colder months than in spring and summer.

 

Healthy Autumn Tips - Northern Yogi


Yoga & Meditation

What Is Fascia?

October 12, 2017 • By

Fascia has had a bit of a popularity surge in the physical wellbeing industry of late with many scientists, physiotherapists, yoga teachers and even beauticians jumping on the fascia train.

But what is fascia? And why all of a sudden are people so interested in it?

 

What is Fascia?

Fascia is a protective web within the human body that keeps everything safe, protected, in place and ticking over nicely. It’s like those net bags your oranges come in at the supermarket. That netted bag keeps all the oranges together, in place. It protects them from rolling off the shelf and bruising on the floor.

Maybe that’s a bad analogy.

Your fascia is present all over your body. It protects individual muscle groups, organs, nerves, blood and soft tissue. It covers everything from the soles of your feet all the way up to the top of your head.

 

What happens if your fascia isn’t working as it should?

Pain

I have a lot of students that experience pain in their feet when transitioning from Upward Facing Dog (Urdhva Muka Svanasana) to Downward Facing Dog (Arho Muka Svanasana) and this is often due to tightness in the fascia of the soles of the feet, around the ankles or up into the calves.

TOP TIP: If you experience this discomfort roll a massage ball (or tennis ball/ golf ball) under the soles of the feet before you practice, after you practice, heck any time you can! This will help to loosen that tight fascia and BINGO! Pain gone.

This tight, painful fascia can occur anywhere in the body, you will be able to distinguish it from muscle pain as it, most likely, won’t be sore to touch.

Your fascia can also be responsible for skin issues such as cellulite, sagging, sallow and drained looking skin. Supple and healthy fascia will keep you looking younger for longer (if that’s what you’re into). This is why beauticians and beauty therapists are so interested in fascia lately. It’s big business!

 

Fascia and Yoga

Every time we step on our yoga mat, whether we are aware of it or not, the fascia benefits. Fascia has a memory, it remembers the 23 hours each day we spend limiting our movement, sitting behind and desk or watch TV. It dries up and begins to become restricted. When we step on our yoga mat this fascia begins to hydrate, to loosen and overtime will begin to remember how good yoga feels.

If your body feels heavy, slow, tired and stiff try some simple slow stretches. Begin to loosen and hydrate your fascia and you’ll soon begin to feel refreshed and rejuvenated.

The fascia really is magical, it not only protects but also brings an awareness to our physical body. It allows us to feel energy moving through our body during a yoga practice and, with time, you will become more intuitive of your body’s needs.